Navy Seaman Apprentice Samuel Heyse, Gardner, recently deployed to the Arabian Gulf, while assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.
Heyse is a 2011 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School. He is the son of Gregory Heyse, Gardner, and Leslie Schmidt, Gardner.
The move to the Arabian Gulf will provide the president additional flexibility should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.
Bush will be accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun. Bush departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., earlier this year to operate in the Middle East region as part of an on-going rotation of forward-deployed naval forces to support maritime security operations.
Heyse, along with approximately 6,000 other sailors spent the last year conducting numerous training and certification exercises to establish a safe, cohesive organization capable of performing a wide variety of missions across the globe, ranging from counter-piracy and ground support operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
American naval presence in the Arabian Gulf continues to support the United States’ longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.